March 8, 2024

What Employers Should Know About the Department of Labor’s New Independent Contractor Rule

For any organization that works with individuals who are in business for themselves, a key consideration is whether these individuals may legally be classified as independent contractors rather than employees. In the pet care industry, for instance, pet sitters, dog walkers, and groomers are often considered as freelancers or independent contractors—but depending on a variety of factors, federal law may require them to be classified as employees. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) offers guidance under the Fair Labor Standards […]
February 9, 2024

FEMA Announces Significant Changes to Disaster Assistance Program

For businesses in the pet care services industry, having an emergency action plan in place is crucial for ensuring the safety of staff members and animals in the event of a natural disaster or other crisis. While it may be difficult to fully prepare for the consequences that a disaster could have on your business, new changes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may make it easier to receive assistance and recover more quickly in the event that the worst happens. […]
February 8, 2024

New Laws and Regulations Businesses Should Know About in 2024

The beginning of each new year tends to usher in a wave of new state and federal laws and regulations impacting businesses in several different industries. For small and medium-sized businesses in particular, it’s crucial to pay attention to how these items of legislation could potentially affect operations. At IBPSA, a key part of our mission is to provide legislative support for businesses in the pet care services industry. As we monitor the latest legal news affecting businesses across the […]